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Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts
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Riders On the Storm Yonderboi
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas [Instrumental] Various Artists
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Hundreds of North Koreans queue up to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il in front of a portrait of him in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Wednesday. With preparations for next week's state funeral still under way, attention is turning to Kim's son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un. AP hide caption

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U.S. And Pakistan Relations: From Bad To Worse
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A Church, An Oratorio And An Enduring Tradition
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Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7) [Cantata No. 2. No. 10. Sinfonia] Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King's College Choir, Cambridge, Philip Ledger (conductor)
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